November 17, 2011

Yvonne Rainer Accuses Marina Abramović and LA MoCA of Exploiting Performers

Rainer had received a letter from someone auditioning for Abramović’s piece describing what Vartanian calls the “cruel conditions” that the performers will be facing. “They will be sitting on lazy susans under the table and slowly rotating. [. . .] Of course we were warned that we will not be able to leave to pee, etc. That the diners may try to feed us, give us drinks, fondle us under the table, etc but will be warned not to. Whatever happens, we are to remain in performance mode and unaffected.”

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